ADDIS ABABA – Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat congratulated UAE on the inauguration of the first world expo to be hosted in the MENA region.
The African Union welcomes the opportunity to share its vision and the aspirations of the African people on this global platform, said the chairperson, marking the official opening of the Expo 2020 Dubai and the AU Pavilion located in the Opportunity District.
“We plan to share not only our dynamic heritage, but give the world an opportunity to engage with Africa as an investment partner,” Mahamat said.
The Chairperson also expressed his well wishes to the AU team in the United Arab Emirates, who are assigned to represent the Commission and the continent at the world Expo.
“I wish the team all the best as they work to share Africa’s story as best as we know it; creating a narrative that is true and influential, because we best know the potential of the continent,” added the Chairperson.
The presence of the AU at the Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to offer an opportunity to further entrench the relationship between Africa and the United Arab Emirates, by leveraging on the longstanding economic partnerships in the two regions.
Ethiopia Pavilion at Expo Dubai was inaugurated on Monday in the presence of Trade and Industry Minister, Minsganu Arga, Ethiopian Consul General in Dubai, Ambassador Eyerusalem Amdemariam, higher officials from Dubai and Northern Emirates.
Ambassador Misganu underlined that the Expo will have a paramount significance in promoting Ethiopia’s culture, history, business and investment opportunities and tourist attraction sites to the rest of the world.
Showcase of the earliest human kind Lucy is one of the rooms that have attracted attentions of visitors at the Expo.
The Ethiopia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has successfully installed Relic of Lucy, a replica of the oldest human fossil ever discovered, part of a display that highlights Ethiopia’s ongoing role as a living hub driving and facilitating connections between Africa and the world.
The discovery of the 3.2-million-year-old skeleton of Lucy – locally named “Dinknesh” meaning “you are amazing” in Amharic language – in Afar Region in 1974, rewrote the history of human evolution and earned Ethiopia the reputation of being the “cradle of humanity”.
Visitors to the Ethiopia Pavilion began visiting Lucy in a dimly lit cave, before being taken through the country’s pre-historic history and finishing in a modern factory that underlines its manufacturing successes.